‘iPhone SE 2’ could get bigger and better sibling in 2020

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Two new iPhone SE models for 2020?
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It’s no surprise Apple is working on a new iPhone SE for 2020. Recent rumors have indicated it will make its debut in the spring. But that particular model might be just one of two planned for this year.

A new report claims Apple is also working on a larger, “upgraded” version that will be available later in the year.

The next-generation “iPhone SE 2” is expected to look just like iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch LCD screen and Touch ID. It could match iPhone 11 in performance, thanks to Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chip.

For those who want a larger handset that won’t break the bank, a bigger and better model could come at the end of 2020.

Larger ‘iPhone SE 2’ to come later

“The latest news coming from the supply chain is that Apple is likely to add yet another LCD-based model to its iPhone lineup for 2020,” reads the latest report from Digitimes.

“This new member will be an upgraded version of the widely speculated ‌iPhone‌ SE2 featuring a 5.5- or 6.1-inch LCD display.”

The sources expect the larger device to arrive “at the end of 2020 or in earlier 2020.” They don’t offer any other details on its internals, so we don’t know what to expect in the way of cameras and chipsets.

It’s likely the larger iPhone SE 2 — if indeed there is one — will be identical to iPhone 8 Plus, but with a faster A13 Bionic chip.

Six new iPhone models for 2020

To corroborate these claims, Digitimes cites supply chain sources that are expecting six new iPhone models for 2020. It says they have already received package orders from Apple.

This would include the two iPhone SE 2 variants, two 6.1-inch iPhone 11 successors (one with two rear-facing cameras and a fancier option with three), and successors to iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

It should be noted that Digitimes has a mixed track record with Apple rumors. Some of its information has turned out to be accurate in the past, but much of it has not.

Having said that, it would make sense for Apple to offer a larger iPhone SE 2. It’s a relatively simple way to make money from hardware its suppliers are already familiar with producing.